April Newsletter: Education Program

The Gottesman Libraries



Ed Prpgram LogoThe Gottesman Libraries Education Program informs students, faculty and staff about the latest thinking in education, in ways that engage members of the community with one another and with a broad range of educational experts. The program also provides understanding of work being done throughout the College.


Read more below about offerings in April.



Workshops

Regularly scheduled instructional offerings include workshops, tours, orientations, and course-specific instruction in coordination with staff and faculty of the College.


Biodesign Workshop: Human-Nature Entanglements, Friday, 4/1, 5-7pm

We invite you to reimagine humans' relationship with nature through science and art. In this workshop we will discover what mushrooms grow around campus and learn biodesign practices to make a living sculpture or artifact with fungi!


This workshop builds upon the art exhibition, Human-Nature Entanglements: Explorations in Creativity Beyond Human; Everett Cafe book display, The Entangled World of Fungi; and recent panel talk: Biodesign: Learning and Growing at the Intersection of Art and Science. It concludes the program with the 2021 Myers award recipient Isabel Correa, designer, doctoral student, and research assistant at Teachers College, Columbia University.


This workshop is co-sponsored by Graduate Student Life and Development; the National Art Education Association (NAEA) student organization, and ecovative.


Program:

5-6pm: Meet in Everett Cafe / 118 Zankel for guided mushroom hunting in RiversidePark.

6-8pm: Hands on design and creation of a personal artefact to take home and observe how it grows!

Register here by Tuesday, March 29th.


Workshop: Systematic Reviews, Thursday, 4/7, 3-4pm

For a systematic review of the literature, you will be called upon to identify, evaluate, and summarize the findings of all relevant individual studies over a health-related issue, thus making evidence available to decision makers. This workshop covers the necessary steps: formulating the research question; developing the research protocol; conducting the search; selecting and appraising studies; extracting data; and analyzing / interpreting the results.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Tuesday, April 19th, and we will provide a Zoom link to the session.


Workshop: Advanced Searching, Tuesday, 4/12, 3-4pm

This workshop focuses on using Boolean logic to construct a good search strategy, fine tuning your results; and using additional search features to find what you need, whether you're writing a paper; thesis, or dissertation. Truncation, quotations, wild cards, and other tips in smart searching will be presented, taking you beyond simple keyword searching to maximize your success in research.

Please rsvp with your interest and details for this session by Monday, April 11th and a Zoom link will be sent prior to the workshop.


Workshop: The ABC's of Copyright, Tuesday, 4/19, 3-4pm

This workshop covers the ABC's of copyright and fair usage, most specifically in educational settings. We will discuss the meaning and importance of copyright protection; look at resources that highlight the basic do's and don'ts; and point to advisory offices at Teachers College and Columbia University that can advise on the law's complexity.

With growing scholarly open source and public domain materials in an unprecedented time of remote learning, we also will explore options for using and leveraging such freely available resources in coursework and research.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Monday, April 18th.


Workshop: Introduction to Course Resource Lists, Wednesday, 4/20, 3-4pm

We are excited to announce the implementation of Course Resource Lists (powered by Ex Libris Leganto) our new, permanent course reserves platform and collaborative tool for instructors and librarians to create and fulfill reading lists for degree-seeking students in courses taught each semester at Teachers College, Columbia University. 


Course Resource Lists are available to instructors of all active, credit-bearing courses and can be found on the left navigation menu of their courses in Canvas.


Please join us for the next in a series of monthly sessions, held over Zoom, in which we will introduce our new platform and cover the basics of creating a Course Resource List and making a course reserves request, in preparation for Summer 2022 term courses and beyond. Faculty, course assistants, and professional staff are all welcome to attend.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Digital Futures Institute. Interested persons may rsvp in advance and Zoom details will be shared. 


Workshop: Scoping Reviews, Wednesday, 4/20, 3-4pm

This workshop presents useful resources (websites, online tutorials, training videos, key writings) on various aspects of conducting a scoping review, a type of knowledge synthesis among others (systematic reviews, network meta-analyses, overviews of reviews, rapid reviews, diagnostic reviews, prognostic reviews, and economic reviews) associated primarily with evidence-based health/biomedicine fields, though increasingly employed in other disciplines.

Please rsvp by Tuesday, April 19th with your interest and details and we'll follow up with a Zoom link.


Workshop: Using Zotero, Thursday, 4/29, 3-4pm

Zotero is a free, open-source bibliographic management program that allows you to collect, organize, cite, and share your research. In this workshop we will introduce you to this important tool, help you get started, and offer tips for effectively using Zotero in your studies and research so you can master the art of managing scholarly references.

You may rsvp by Wednesday, April 27th and we'll follow up with a Zoom link.


Talks

The Gottesman Libraries sponsors talks by leaders in education, psychology, and the applied health sciences to recognize and celebrate scholarly work of interest to the Teachers College community.


Sliding Doors: Wordle... and Other Games That Helped Us Through the Pandemic, with Elliott Hu-Au, Monday, 4/4, 3-3:45pm

Playing games together has been an essential part of humankind since ancient times. Their power to connect and help us cope with stress is evidenced by their boom in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. What kinds of games have been the most popular and why? What games are helping you through these times?


Elliot Hu-Au is a doctoral candidate in Instructional Technology and Media in the CMLTD department. For the past 5+ years he has been the GA for the Games Research Lab, a TC lab dedicated to analyzing game design and the crossroads between games and education. He is also the president of LearnPlay, a TC student organization that provides both a social and educational environment surrounding games for the TC community. His research interests are in virtual reality, immersive learning environments, and science education.


Please rsvp with your interest and details by Friday, April 1st.

Where: Learning Theater, 400 Russell


Sliding Doors: Visual Explanations and a New Theory of Learning, with Josh Friedman, Monday, 4/11, 3-3:45pm

Participants will get a chance to free draw an idea they have, similar to noun project prompts to depict an idea in an image, but non-digitally, like playing pictionary with yourself to develop spatial logic ideas; inspiration will come from the speaker's own new theory of learning developed through the method; discussion will revolve around how we express ideas, how others interpret them, and how we can increase clarity for ourselves by thinking about how others perceive.


Joshua Sterling Friedman is a Ph.D. Student and Graduate Advisor, Cognitive Science in Education, at Teachers College, Columbia University.


Please rsvp with your interest and details by Friday, April 8th.

Where: Learning Theater, 400 Russell


Sliding Doors: The Downfall of Kimye: What the Uncoupling of Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West Tells Us About Gender, Class and Society, with Tara Kirton, Monday, 4/18, 3-3:45pm

The downfall of Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West seems to reach a new breaking point each day. With headlines that dominate media outlets, it can be difficult to escape this story, but it can also be difficult to keep up with the latest news. Does this uncoupling say something about gender, class, and society? Are there parallels between Ye’s breakup with his former girlfriend, Amber Rose, and his divorce from Kim? Join us for a conversation about the separation of one of entertainment's biggest power couples and what it means when reality TV gets a little too real.


Tara Kirton is a preschool teacher and she is in the 2nd year of a doctoral program studying Curriculum and Teaching with a specialization in Early Childhood Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Tara is also an adjunct instructor and consultant at Bank Street College of Education. She has consulted in public schools and PreK Centers facilitating professional learning opportunities on a variety of topics. Her teaching and research interests examine how teacher preparation programs interrogate race, racism, and equity with preservice teachers, particularly early childhood educators. Additional research interests include special education and the endless possibilities that exist when schools develop strong partnerships with families. Tara is on the Graduate Student Executive Board for the American Educational Research Association’s Division K (Teaching & Teacher Education). You can follow her on Twitter @TaraRKirton


Please rsvp with your interest and details by Friday, April 15th.

Where: Learning Theater, 400 Russell

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Sliding Doors is a lively, pop-up set of talks given by and for members and affiliated members of the Teachers College community. The program consists of 10 one-time, community driven offerings that are open to faculty, students, and staff and conducted in a small, informal, impromptu setting; each session will last approximately 45 minutes, with 15 minutes devoted to open discussion and/or activity.

This program is event is co-sponsored by the Digital Futures Institute and Graduate Student Life and Development.


Guest Talk: Raciolinguistic Ideologies and Transatlantic Language Policing, with Ian Cushing, Wednesday, 4/20, 1-2:30pm

This talk presents an overview and analysis of how raciolinguistic ideologies manifest in various education policy mechanisms across the USA and England, focusing on those that work to police and prohibit the language of minoritised communities. I explore how raciolinguistic ideologies are deeply embedded in historical and contemporary education policy in England, and have been (re)normalised in the last decade under a Conservative government who construct narratives of urban decline and attribute blame to low-income, racialised children for their apparent failure to speak in so-called ‘Standard English’. I describe how various education policy mechanisms underpinned by raciolinguistic ideologies and linguistic remediation have been diffused between the USA and England, including those pertaining to the so-called ‘word gap’, Direct Instruction programmes, standardised assessments, professional standards for teachers, the schools inspectorate, phonics, and curriculum design shaped by colonial legacies, Anglocentrism and white supremacy. Finally, I describe how educators are creating spaces to resist oppressive language policies, imagining new worlds for speakers whose voices have long been heard as deficient in schools.


Dr. Ian Cushing is Senior Lecturer in English and Education in the Faculty of Education at Edge Hill University, UK. His work examines how raciolinguistic ideologies shape oppressive language policies and how these position minoritised communities under linguistic surveillance. His work has appeared in journals such as Language PolicyLanguage in SocietyBritish Educational Research Journal and the Journal of Language, Identity and Education


This talk is co-sponsored by the Program in English Education.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Monday, April18th.

Where: 306 Russell


Book Talk: Women and the Challenge of STEM Professions, with Patricia Arredondo, Marie Miville, Christina Capodilupo, and Tatiana Vera, Wednesday, 4/19, 4-5pm


Please join Patricia Arredondo, Marie Miville, Christina Capodilupo, and Tatiana Vera for a discussion of their recent publication, Women and the Challenge of STEM Professions: Thriving in a Chilly Climate (SpringerLink, 2022). "This eye-opening book identifies factors that impede the success of women in STEM professions and demonstrates the negative impact of sexual harassment on women's physical health, mental health, and job performance. Focusing specifically on the narratives of women in higher education, the authors illuminate the structural and systemic barriers facing women working as graduate students, faculty, and administrators. Drawing on insights from the #metoo and #timesup movements as well as the Brett Kavanaugh Senate hearings, this book: Provides real-life narratives of women from diverse cultural backgrounds and gender identities struggling in unhealthy workplace environments; Validates women working in STEM fields who feel isolated in workplaces of hostility, marginalization, and invalidation; Celebrates the achievements of women who negotiate and achieve success amid workplace hostilities; Recommends specific practices women can engage and employers can apply to ensure women's safety and career prosperity."

-- Publisher's description


Dr. Patricia Arredondo has dedicated her extensive career to addressing social justice issues on behalf of marginalized groups. This manifests in her scholarship, servant leadership, and mentorship. She is a recognized scholar in the areas of cultural competency development, women’s leadership, immigrant mental health, and Latinx higher education and mental health. As a result of her organizational consulting, she has distinguished herself in the field of strategic diversity initiatives. She attributes her zeal for advocacy to her father whom she describes as a feminist. With her mother and Abuela, she had role models of strength and courage. Patricia is the founding president of the National Latinx Psychological Association, past president of the American Counseling Association, past Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. She is a licensed psychologist and President of the Arredondo Advisory Group.

 

Dr. Marie L. Miville is the Vice-Dean for Faculty Affairs at Teachers College, Columbia University. As VDFA, Dr. Miville coordinates many aspects of faculty work life, including organizing the New Faculty Orientation, assembling mentoring committees for pre-tenure faculty, preparing summary reports for the Provost Office regarding tenure and promotion processes of individual faculty members, meeting individually with faculty regarding any concerns they may have, and providing support services for faculty during the retirement process. She is responsible for creating faculty development workshops and events and nominating faculty members for external awards. Dr. Miville also is a Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology. She is the author of three books, including a newly published book exploring the experiences of women in STEM fields, and over 65 publications dealing with multicultural issues in counseling and psychology. Dr. Miville is past-Associate Editor of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, and is the Book Series Editor for American Psychological Association (APA) Division 44. Dr. Miville previously served as 2015 President of the National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA), President of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs, and the Vice-President for Education and Training for the APA Division 17. Dr. Miville is an APA Fellow (Division 17 and 45). Prior to her current administrative appointments at Teachers College, Dr. Miville served as the College Ombuds, Director of Training/Program Director of Counseling Psychology, and the Chair of the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology.


Christina Capodilupo, is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has a Masters in Education specializing in gender studies from Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Christina has spent her academic career studying how experiences of social class, race, and gender influence and impact a person's developing sense of self and well being. She has extensively researched how experiences of discrimination manifest for marginalized groups, and more specifically how subtle acts of racism, classism, and sexism shape a person's psyche. She has authored journal articles, book chapters, and books on the topic of racial and gender microaggressions. Christina’s clinical and research interests also focus on body image and eating disorders; she has published extensively on how these issues manifest for women of color. She has four young children at home and has experienced the motherhood balance challenge first hand!


Tatiana Vera, B.A., (she/her/ella) is a doctoral student in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has a B.A. degree in psychology with a minor in Spanish literature and cultures from Barnard College and was an Athena Leadership Scholar/Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program Scholar(she/her/ella) is a doctoral student in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research and clinical interests take a multicultural approach to understand how educational systems impact the mental health of STEM Latina Doctoral students and gather primary qualitative sources to see how culturally affirming mentorship models can act as a supportive catalyst for Latina Doctoral STEM students. She is receiving specialized training through TC's concentration in Bilingual Latinx Mental Health and a TC-wide advanced certificate in Sexuality, Women, and Gender in Psychology & Education and hopes to continue her work within hospital and community-based settings working with monolingual and bicultural Latinxs..


Please rsvp with your interest and details by Tuesday, April 5th and a Zoom link will be shared.


Where: Online


Guest Talk: Secondary Schooling Before, During, and After the Pandemic: Perspective From Latin America, with Felicitas Acosta, Wednesday, 4/26, 5:10-6:30pm

This presentation reflects on contemporary structural reforms aimed at the expansion of schooling in Latin America looking at the enactment of such reforms and their effects in terms of educational equity. By analyzing the expansion of secondary education, it outlines historic and contemporary mechanisms that the State has used to extend compulsory schooling, albeit in ways that are segmented, and which produce differential effects in terms of the schooling experience of adolescents and young people in the region. Using quantitative and qualitative data the presentation explores the educational experience of adolescents and young people in diversified structures including an analysis of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Dr. Felicitas Acosta is a Professor at the National University of General Sarmiento and at the National University of La Plata, Argentina. In the last 20 years she has specialized in research on secondary education from a historical and transnational perspective. In 2019 she obtained the Margaret Sutherland Prize in Comparative Education awarded by the European Society for Comparative Education (CESE).


This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Dr. Daniel Friedrich, Associate Professor of Curriculum, is moderating.


Please rsvp with your interest and details by Monday, April 25th.


Where: 305 Russell or via Zoom


Artivism


Guest Talk: Art for Life: The Role of Culture in Sustainable Development Through Case Studies, with Madhura Dutta, Monday, 4/4, 10:30-11:30am

The presentation will address how cultural heritage can be drivers of socio-economic empowerment and human rights protection for the communities and contribute towards establishing more peaceful, cohesive, resilient societies.


Dr. Madhura Dutta is the Director and Lead, Research and International Collaborations. Madhura has twenty years of experience in the fields of social development, sustainable livelihoods based on traditional cultural assets, women empowerment and creative entrepreneurship. Other than her present organization, Banglanatak.com, she has worked in UNESCO New Delhi as National Program Officer, in All India Artisans and Craftworkers Association, as its Executive Director and had short stints as an Advisor for Corporate Social Responsibility program. She has a PhD from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and MA degrees in Sociology (Calcutta University) and Sustainable(Staffordshire University, UK). Banglanatak.com is a 21+ year old Social Enterprise working with culture and development. We work across India with a mission to foster inclusive and sustainable development using culture-based approaches. We work for the protection of rights of women, children, and indigenous people. We are global partner to UNWTO, National partner to UNESCO, accredited to UN ECOSOC (special consultative status) and UNESCO ICH Committee for advisory services. We have 80+ full-time team with HO at Kolkata and branches in Jaipur and Goa. Our flagship program on culture and development is called Art for Life.


Register Here.


Guest Talk: Hidden Mothers Project : UK based Czech Artist Tereza Buskova, In Conversation with Polish Singer Karolina Wegrzyn, Monday, 4/11, 3-4pm

Hidden Mothers video was recorded as part of a public art project by Czech artist Tereza Buskova which is inspired by the cultural customs from Great Britain, Central and Eastern Europe. Its focus is the empowerment of women, in particular mothers, who experience isolation and routinely face stigma in the UK. Hidden Mothers began in Birmingham in 2019 with workshops inviting migrant and refugee mothers.


The project was paused in 2020 – due to the pandemic and emerged again in summer 2021. It is a project in three parts, consisting of workshops, a procession, and an installation of a large-scale replica of a Slovak inspired cottage façade. Adopting a ritualistic approach, the final panels of the construction were carried and assembled by the participants of the ceremonial procession. The project encouraged community engagement through collaborative design, to stimulate transcultural conversations, and to link people who would not otherwise have access to art resources.


The project has been presented in association with Every Woman Biennial and London Festival of Architecture 2021.


Project Supporters:

Arts Council England, Studio Polpo, Every Woman Biennial, Copeland Gallery, Time Assist, Czech Centre London, University of Birmingham and Use-It, Mothership Projects, British Red Cross, E5 Bakehouse, E5 Poplar Union, Poplar Union, Okenko CIC, Dance group Kvitek (Okenko), Czech and Slovak Club Birmingham, Mariana Novotna, Zoe Simon, Stifani Brothers, Chris Keenan (Prime Objective), Karolina Wegrzyn, Tina Francis and Tereza Porybna


Tereza Buskova (b.1978, Prague) is a Czech artist who lives in Birmingham with her young family. Her practice celebrates and reinterprets long established customs – particularly ritual, tradition and craft as carriers of identity and belonging. She works in print, video, performance, and public art projects, including staging large-scale participatory events with local communities. Slavic rituals were often the starting point for her work, however, since being based in Birmingham Buskova researches and explores other European customs, which are reinvented with her collaborators and community stakeholders. Frequent collaborators are costume maker Mariana Novotna, performer Zoe Simon and cellist-composer Bela Emerson.


Buskova completed her Fine Art Printmaking MA at the Royal College of Art in 2007. Her work has been exhibited at Rituals, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2008); A Tradition I Do Not Mean To Break, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2009); Rituals Are Tellers Of Us, Newlyn Art Gallery, UK (2013); and Reality Czech: The Czech Avant-Garde, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015). She has exhibited, performed, and lectured in a broad range of different spaces, including Lincoln’s Chambers Farm Wood (2010), Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2014), and Erdington High Street, Birmingham, UK (2016) and she recently finished working on her public art project ‘Hidden Mothers’, supported by the Arts Council England, USE_IT Birmingham and Czech Centre in London.


Karolina Wegrzyn is a singer, accordionist and hammered dulcimer player from Poland. She comes from a region rich in traditional customs. Her grandmother used to lead a village folk dance group; since she was very little she would wear folk costumes and perform songs. Karolina is also a visual artist and a song collector. She meets with elderly citizens to record old forgotten songs and stories. Sub-Carpathia, her native region is rich in multiculturalism as it borders with Ukraine and Slovakia, but also reminisces about Jewish, Roma and Rusyn communities that used to settle there. In her village, people would participate in harvest festivals each year, or in the Christmas celebrations dressed up as King Herod, death and a devil, dancing around the village singing Christmas Carols. Karolina is involved in many projects with various musicians from Birmingham, i.e. Kamil Bogus from EIF (Earth is Flat) which combines traditional songs with ambient electronic music; also with Stacja Fanfara – a concept of gathering musicians from different cultures to play their loved Eastern-European songs. Last year, Karolina also took a third prize in one of her country’s most important folk music competitions, The True Musicians’ Tournament in Szczecin.


Register Here.


Resources:

Hidden Mothers’ Public art project by Tereza Buskova

Tereza Buskova Website

Karolina

Eastern European Folk Music | Muzyka Wschodnio Europejska | Karolina Showreel

Karolina Plays For Children (EP)


Guest Talk: Multilingual Artivism: The Case of the Americas Poetry Festivals of New York and Artepoetica Press, with Carlos Aguasaco, Monday, 4/18, 4:30-5:30pm

This presentation will summarize the main aspects of our multilingual approach to Artivism.


To do so, we will discuss the experience of the eight editions of the Americas Poetry Festivals of New York. The second topic is Artepoetica Press and its multilingual editions. Some transversal topics include challenges and opportunities of the multilingual approach; identifying volunteers and institutional partners, celebrating diversity, and ensuring inclusion; and integrating technology and remote participation.


Carlos Aguasaco PhD. (Bogotá, 1975) Professor and Chair at the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences of City College New York —CUNY—. He has edited twelve literary anthologies and published six books of poems, most recently The New York City Subway Poems (2020). This book received the gold medal in the Juan Felipe Herrera Best Poetry Book category of the International Latino Book Awards. In 2021 The Academy of American Poets granted him the Ambroggio 2021 Prize for his book Cardinal in My Window with a Mask on Its Beak (University of Arizona Press: forthcoming). His poems have been translated into a variety of languages including English, Portuguese, Romanian, Galician, French, and Arabic. He has also published a short novel and an academic study of Latin America’s prime superhero El Chapulín Colorado entitled ¡No contaban con mi astucia! México: parodia, nación y sujeto en la serie de El Chapulín Colorado (2014). He is also the editor of Transatlantic Gazes: Studies on the Historical Links between Spain and North America (2018). Carlos is the founder and director of Artepoetica Press, a publishing house specialized in Hispanic American themes and authors. He is also director of The Americas Poetry Festival of New York and coordinates The Americas Film Festival of New York.


Register Here.


Resources Available


Carlos Aguasaco website


Guest Talk: Instilling Hope: Creative Arts Therapy in a Forensic Setting, with Christina Lisi, Jeffrey Angell, and Rajesh Mehra, Monday, 4/25, 5:30-6:30pm

Creative Arts Therapy is a unique and often non-intimidating approach to mental health treatment in a correctional environment, wherein expressing and processing emotions can be challenging or even dangerous outside the framework of these sessions. Working in a forensic setting, our goal is to empower our patients to use their voice, increase self-esteem, build community, and instill hope.


Christina Lisi is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist at Rikers Island since 2014 and in Private Practice since 2019. Within Correctional Health, she works in a male facility, working with adults diagnosed with acute mental illness, personality disorders, behavioral issues, impulse control and trauma. Christina holds a BFA in Studio Art from Adelphi University and MA in Clinical Art Therapy from LIU Post.


Jeffery Angell is a full-time Music Therapist in forensic psychiatry at Rikers Island, having led songwriting, Hip Hop, sing-a-long, drumming, listening, and recording sessions since 2018. He worked in inpatient psychiatry from 2011 to 2015 at the Bronx Psychiatric Center and Kings County Hospital prior to living and working in the Central African nation of Cameroon from 2015 to 2018. In addition to Music Therapy, Jeff is active as a musician and producer under his independent label, Rockin Chair Productions. Jeff holds a BA in Music from the University of Pittsburgh and a MA in Music Therapy from NYU.


Rajesh Mehra is a Licensed Creative Arts therapist, and has provided mental health care for those incarcerated at Rikers Island Correctional Facility since 2013. Inspired to work in corrections due to shift in focus towards treatment and rehabilitation reforms for seriously mentally ill detainees, Rajesh has since expanded his efforts towards those being held in punitive segregation, and most recently for transgender and non-binary detainees. Rajesh holds a BA from Clark University with a double major in Psychology and Studio Art, and a MA in Creative Arts Therapy from NYU.


Register Here.


Explore Resources Here.

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The vision of Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation is to generate a movement with committed social artivists in response to historic global unrest. Artivism aims to generate community through multi-disciplinary teamwork for a more dignified and meaningful coexistence, however you define these terms. The goal of this initiative is to nurture confidence in taking continuous action from wherever you are by means of reciprocity.


Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation is a collaboration between Adelphi University; Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College, Columbia University; and Sing for Hope.


Artivism: The Power of Art Social Transformation, grew out of Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene, (Dio Press, 2020), edited by Teachers College alumni Courtney Weida and Carolina Cambronero-Varela, and Dolapo Adeniji-Neill, of Adelphi University. "The concept for this book is inspired by the late Maxine Green, who described her enduring philosophical focus and legacy of social imagination as “the capacity to invent visions of what should be and what might be in our deficient society, on the streets where we live, in our schools” (p. 5). The purpose of this volume is to examine and illuminate the roles of community organizers and educators who are changing lives through public art and community arts projects. This research originally emerged from a well-attended 2018 conference presentation and exhibition at Teachers College, Columbia University, engaging with the local and international community of arts education and arts administration."

-- Publisher's Description


Book Talk: How the Arts can Save Education, with Erica Halverson, Thursday, 4/28, 2-3:15pm

Please join Erica Rosenfeld Halverson for a discussion of her recent book publication, How the Arts Can Save Education: Transforming Teaching, Learning, and Instruction (Teachers College Press, 2021).


"This book provides a blueprint for using the arts―performing, visual, and multimedia―to rethink what good learning, teaching, and curriculum can be. The author presents a bold plan for saving education with an arts-based approach to teaching that focuses on risk-taking as the most important aspect of a successful classroom. Halverson offers new models for learning that embrace the social, cultural, and historical assets that kids bring to the classroom, with guidance for designing engaging learning experiences for all grades and subject areas. Featuring many evocative examples from Whoopensocker, the author’s in-school artist-in-residence program, this resource illustrates how classroom practices and school structures can be reorganized for more inclusive success. Readers will learn how to reframe learning as acts of metacognitive representation, identity, and collaboration. And lots and lots of joy."

-- Publisher's description


Erica Rosenfeld Halverson is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 2020, she received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Halverson earned her Ph.D, entitled, Telling, Adapting, and Performing Personal Stories: Understanding Identity Development and Literacy Learning for Stigmatized Youth in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University in 2005 and has authored numerous books, chapters, and articles. A trained theater artist, she runs Whoopensocker, which sends teaching artists into elementary classrooms and after-school programs in Madison, Wisconsin to engage students in writing, performing, and other forms of active learning.


This book talk is co-sponsored by the Transformative Learning Technologies Lab (TLT Lab) and the Program in Communications, Media and Learning Technologies Design (CMLTD Program). Paulo Blikstein, Associate Professor of Communications, Media and Learning Technologies Design, will moderate the event.


Persons interested in attending may rsvp with their interest and details via online support no later than April 27th.


Where: 306 Russell


Live Music

The Everett Cafe Music Program sponsors performances by TC student and affiliated musicians. Come enjoy a variety of genres and styles!


Shane Bordeau and Paul Murphy, Wednesday, 4/6, 4-5pm

Shane Bordeau, guitarist, is an EdD candidate in the music department at Teachers College and has been teaching and performing music for the past 20 years. He has been involved with many performing groups, most recently as a member of the rock/pop band Berry and can be heard on their 2021 album “Vault of Light” released by Joyful Noise Records. As a composer, he has written music for film: "The Lady Yang" (2020), "Awakening Arlene"(2019),  "Breaking Points" (2018), musical theatre: “The Manson Family Follies” (2007) and modern dance: “The Body Electric” (2008) and “5 Suites for Stacey” (2007).


Trumpeter Paul Murphy has worked frequently as a musician and educator at The Juilliard School, Carnegie Hall, the New York Philharmonic, and on Broadway. He has performed with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Knights, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, and currently serves as Artistic Director for the chamber music collective Decoda—the only independent ensemble to be recognized as an affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall. Passionate about drawing others deeply into the art of music, he has served for over a decade on the teaching artist faculty of the New York Philharmonic, and was recently recognized as one of the inaugural recipients of the Yale Distinguished Teaching Artist Award. He teaches in the summer at the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont and is proud to be an EdD candidate in the music department at Teachers College. 


Wadsworth Strings, Wednesday, 4/20, 4-5:30pm

The Wadsworth Strings Ensemble features music for classical strings, from the symphonies of Mozart and Haydn, to well known arias from the operas of Puccini and Bizet. You may hear a selection of continental Viennese waltzes and French cabaret. Musicians of The Claremont Strings Ensemble have performed collectively at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and throughout the Northeast, playing a diverse range of symphonic and chamber music, eclectic jazz, and gypsy swing. Wadsworth Strings, emanating from the Washington Heights area, is a division of Claremont Strings, founded by Vivian Penham, a graduate of the Juilliard School and Columbia University.


Want to play in Everett Cafe? If you'd like to showcase and/or volunteer your own talents, please contact us with your details via online support. Solos, duets, trios are welcome!


News Displays

Need to keep current, look to the past, teach a topic? The Everett Cafe features daily postings of news from around the world, and also promotes awareness of historical events from an educational context. Be sure to check the Cafe News postings on the library blog.


Google Launches Gmail, Friday, 4/1

Notre Dame Catches Fire, Friday, 4/15

170 Countries Sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Friday, 4/22

Margaret H'Doubler Is Born, Tuesday, 4/26


Book Displays


Staff Picks: Arabian Night

"The theme of Arabian Night is inspired by my cultural background. My father was born in Palestine and was raised in Amman, Jordan. As my siblings and I grew up, he emphasized the importance of our culture. Although I knew how important it was to my father for us to learn about our culture and pass it on, I didn’t know where I could access the knowledge when I was younger. There weren’t as many texts about my culture at my local library. While working at Gottesman Libraries, I’ve had the opportunity to research literature on Arab culture. I was happily surprised to learn that we have a plethora of books written by Arab authors as well as books written about Arab culture. The Arabian Night collection is a mixture of new and old texts that speaks on Arab art, language, history, issues, and customs. Through this collection, I hope students can see the rich literature that Gottesman Libraries has to offer from a different cultural lens."

-- Rania Abdelqader, Library Associate


Staff Picks: Challenged Books

"Early this year, stories of book banning flooded the collective conscience. Since then, waves of legislation with highly specific targets have swept through a number of states. Rulings that equate gender-affirming care for trans youth with child abuse in Texas, bills that erase discussions of LGBTQ+ history and identity in schools in Florida, executive orders barring "divisive concepts" from classrooms in Virginia, and more spring up at what seems like a dizzying pace.


At a time when youth librarians are more aware of the positive impacts of representation through literature, these calls for censorship are even more disheartening. The American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom (ALA OIF) hosts Banned Books Week every year in September. However, book challenges are made and legislation is proposed throughout the year. As a preservice school librarian, the ways we care for students and provide information to them that reflects a range of experiences are of particular importance to me. Young learners deserve the freedom to read.


This collection contains a selection of titles from the ALA OIF's Top 10 Challenged Books lists for 2020 and 2019, as well as resources about collection development and book banning found in Educat+. More challenged titles and related resources can be found through both Educat+ and CLIO catalogs. Complete lists of frequent book challenges, as well as information on reporting challenges made to books in schools and libraries, can be found on the ALA OIF website."

-- Rachel Altvater, Library Associate


Where: Second Floor Reading Room


Staff Picks is curated and designed each month by the Gottesman Libraries' staff to highlight resources on educational topics and themes of special interest.


Rocketship Launch: New and Now

Looking for a new read? Integrating exciting titles into your lesson plans? Building a curriculum for today's young learners? Blast off with the latest and greatest! Books on our "Rocketship" shelves are all award-winning and honoree titles for children's, middle grade, and young adult readers to bring into your orbit. Rocketship displays are curated by Rachel Altvater, Library Associate.

Where: Second Floor, Reading Room


Everett Cafe: Artivism: Inventing Vision, Taking Action

Just how far can we push political agendas by the means of art to raise social, environmental, and technical awareness of important issues and needs? And what do we experience in the process? Artivism, a compound word for Art and Activism, has the power to illuminate the imagination and spur not only action, but teaching and learning. Community building and collaboration are part, allowing us to deepen our collective experiences and enrich our understanding of the human condition, characteristics and seminal events that make up the essentials of our human existence. An educative tool in itself, artivism goes beyond the use of language or non verbal communication in social contexts by embracing art in multiple mediums, including visual, literary, and digital, so that we can become more engaged with the world around us.


Artivism: Inventing Vision, Taking Action takes a broad look at the history and connection between art, social transformation, and education with inspiration drawn from a diverse lens with perspective on race, gender, ethnicity, religion, cultural background, abilities, and more. The selections for this display build upon the work of "Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation", a program co-sponsored by the Gottesman Libraries, Adelphi University, and Sing for Hope that aims to generate community through multi-disciplinary teamwork for a more dignified and meaningful coexistence.


"Social imagination is the capacity to invent visions of what should be and what might be in our deficit society, in the streets where we live and our schools. Social imagination not only suggests but also requires that one take action to repair or renew." -- Maxine Greene


This display is curated by Jennifer Govan, Library Director and Senior Librarian, and designed byTrisha Barton, Lead Designer, with assistance from Scarlett Cheng, Library Associate, Art and Design.


At the Everett News Cafe, you'll find a new book collection every few weeks that relates to current events, education, or learning environments.


Featured DatabasesNational Poetry Month

In recognition of National Poetry Poetry, we highlight research resources both primary and secondary source material, literary criticism, and the teaching of poetry at all levels. Read more on the library's news feed.



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Last Updated: 1:21 pm, Tuesday, Apr 26 , 2022